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Grizzly Dance Festival

October 3rd, 2016

 

The second annual Grizzly Dance Festival is sure to be a wild ride! Hosted by the Grizzly Dance Company and Grizzly Hidriago, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel is home to four epic days of dancing from October 13-16. Celebrating 12 years of ferocious dancing, there are four rooms on deck. Salsa, kizomba, bachata, zouk, merengue, punta, reggaeton and hip hop are just a few of the styles that will be taking over this massive event.

If you want to really optimize your dance, sign up for one of the many workshops led by global champion teachers. From beginner to advanced salsa boot camps to choreography, there’s something for everyone. Check out the incredible challenges and competitions, join a choreo crew, and enjoy the many live concerts scheduled during the hottest days of October.

Heat Things Up!

With a pool party always available to help you keep your cool, you’re going to need it—after all, the dancing goes until 5 a.m. every day! There’s also a special Halloween costume party complete with prizes that you won’t want to miss. Day of the Dead costumes are especially popular, but you can come in any incarnation you like.

Select from a variety of ticket packages, with early bird specials available through the beginning of October. For more information including a full schedule, competition entries and ticket sales, visit the official website.

 

Orange Street Fair

September 1st, 2016

 

One of the most anticipated fairs of the year spans the entire Labor Day weekend! Created in 1973, the Orange International Street Fair was founded in Old Town Orange and now features 15 ethnic “streets” complete with 42 food and drink booths. Non-profits man each booth, and the proceeds go directly back to them. There are handmade crafts and artwork showcasing local artisans.

Check out the community booth area to meet the non-profits and find out more about their missions. The commercial section is where you’ll find a slew of companies meeting and greeting attendees. There’s a street solely for kids with plenty of games and crafts. Plus, enjoy eight stages of entertainment with local performers playing an array of international sounds.

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2016 is slated to be the biggest and best year yet. Vendors are still signing up, but a few include Casa Teresa on Asian Street, OC HS of the Arts on Australian Street, the Danish American Club on Danish Street, Orange Elks on English Street, and Orange Coast Gakuen on Ginza Street.

From September 2-4, indulge in everything this sprawling fair has to offer. Located at Plaza Square Park, parking can be limited, so be prepared to walk a few blocks to the festivities. Alcohol sales close at 9 p.m. nightly.

Comedy on the Terrace

August 1st, 2016

 

Head to the Terrace Cafe at 7 Washington Boulevard in nearby Marina del Rey for their brand new comedy show every Thursday night. There’s a fresh lineup weekly, featuring the country’s most in-demand headliners as well as local up-and-comers. The Beach Room is where you’ll find the action as well as an innovative menu from the Cafe. This free show has no drink or food item minimum—but the menu is so tempting, it’ll be tough to resist!

Stand-up comedy stage

Standup comedy is at its finest at this show, where the doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the laughs start at 9. Come early to get a great seat, and pore over the menu, ensuring your drinks and fare are in hand by the opening act. Views of the Pacific Ocean accompany your comedic dining experience, as well as a wide selection of Omaha steaks, Jakes’ Tuna Pokie, roasted orange duck, and too many pizza and salad combinations to detail!

The New Hot Spot

For years, the Terrace Cafe has been a favorite for celebrations from breakfast through late night. Open from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m., adding comedic relief to this non-stop dining favorite is a natural fit. Kids are welcome during the day, with a special children’s menu dishing up the most delectable options.

However, if you prefer something sweet to go with the sometimes saltiness of the headliners, the expansive dessert menu is sure to please. Try their 3 chocolate mousse cake, carrot cake with strawberry sauce, or traditional tiramisu. To keep up with their headliners, follow them on Facebook.

GamesBeat 2016

July 25th, 2016

 

Get your tickets now for the August 1 GamesBeat 2016, where more than 500 developers, entrepreneurs, executives and investors in the gaming world come together to check out the latest trends and releases. This is the eighth year for this massive festival, where the biggest and trendiest companies come together to check out where the gaming world is headed—including globally—and discover new growth opportunities. This year, the focus is on sustainability, how to best reach gamers, and the increasing global industry.

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The event takes place at Terranea Resort in nearby Rancho Palos Verdes. Spanning three days, from August 1-3, it’s where you’ll find and learn from the best gamers and leaders around. A one-day pass is $295, and the VIP pass is $595 with an advanced purchase. However, tickets are also available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Remember that if you’re in the industry, this may even be a write-off!

Game On

GamesBeat is hosted by VentureBeat, a tech media leader that covers “disruptive technology” and reminds us why it plays a big role in all of our lives. VentureBeat covers the latest tech and has a knack for bringing communities together at executive-level conferences. However, GamesBeat is their only games-only festival and conference, growing every year with gamers coming from all corners of the world.

 

Where to Watch the Fireworks in Anaheim

July 1st, 2016

Independence Day is taken seriously in Anaheim, with numerous restaurants offering specials for active-duty service members and veterans, but the fireworks are the real showstoppers. There’s Disneyland, which streams their show live at 8:50pm, but the party gets started well before the night falls! In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a DJ begins setting the mood at 5:30 and the adults-only Rockin’ Fourth of July Party kicks off at 10:30. You’ll also be treated to seeing your favorite Disney characters in patriotic costumes throughout the day.

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The annual OC Block Party stretches from 3-11pm, with the fireworks spectacular show at 9:45. It’s a food lover’s paradise where local vendors whip up special patriotic dishes to tempt you. Carnival games, merchandise vendors, live art installations and more can be found at this family-friendly event at the Angels Stadium.

Light Up the Night

Balboa Peninsula-Newport Bay’s July 4 fireworks and parade cruises are a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday. Boat parades take place at 1pm and 4pm, and you can take a tour along Newport Beach to enjoy the California sunshine. The fireworks begin at 7pm.

Enjoy a quaint fireworks show at the annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival of Fullerton. Entertainment, food and live music are on hand to keep you entertained. Most activities are free, and the fireworks begin at 9pm, lasting 20 minutes!

Celebrate the First Day of Summer

June 16th, 2016

It’s officially summer, and you’re on the golden coast where (although it feels like summer year-round!), it’s an especially fantastic location to celebrate. Start your morning with a SUP or surfing lesson at one of the area’s famous beaches. Venice, Malibu and Muscle Beach are all fantastic options. Try the quintessential California roller blading along a boardwalk, and you’ll instantly be in the summer groove.

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There are more fro-yo options in California than you can shake a stick at, as well as bubble tea and gourmet ice cream. Cool off after your morning outing by stopping at Salt and Straw (a Portland, Ore. transplant), the classic local Pinkberry, or the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and treat yourself to some summer lovin’.

Easy Living

Disneyland, if you haven’t made it there yet on this trip, is full of easy living during the summertime. Book a character experience, or pamper yourself with a park spa visit. Inspired by Bali experience, the Disney Spa offers a Mandara Spa Ritual, a couples retreat, and a special sunrise 2+ hour massage experience.

There are summer solstice celebrations throughout the region, with a massive Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara (well worth the trip) with live music, a drum circle and plenty of events for the kids.

 

 

Book Your Private Dining Grad Celebration

June 12th, 2016

Are you traveling en masse with all your family and friends to celebrate a graduation this June? For larger parties, it’s a good idea to book a private dining experience. That way there’s no hassle over bill splitting or overloading wait staff, and you might even be able to customize a menu to make ordering faster and easier for all. There are many options for private dining in the Anaheim area.

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Calivino Wine Pub features beers and wines that are constantly rotating as well as an eclectic menu and gorgeous private dining options. Book your private affair (the views are complimentary), and work with the event manager to ensure this special day is perfect. There’s also The Ranch Restaurant, serving authentic American fare in a rustic environment and specializing in private dining affairs.

A Little Privacy

Club 33 epitomizes fine dining in southern California, and the Trophy Room is a beloved Disneyland favorite. If you want to visit the happiest place on earth while indulging in the best fare in California, this is it!

Try the Napa Rose, and book the long, intimate table at the rear of the restaurant for your larger party. The convenient location and private experience, without being sequestered in a separate room, make the Napa Rose a favorite choice.

Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

May 12th, 2016

Now in its 58th year, the annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival takes place every Memorial Day weekend. From May 27-30, 2016, you can enjoy live entertainment and, of course, the best strawberries California produces. Friday hours are from 1pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-10pm, and Monday 10am-9pm. Veterans are honored at the festival, which is held at the Village Green between Euclid Avenue and Main Street in Garden Grove.

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Admission is free, and unlimited all-day rides are just $25. You’ll pore over historical photos, check out the Strawberry Cake Cutting Ceremony and Tiny Tots King & Queen Contest, and partake in the Strawberry Stomp 5K run. On Saturday, a VIP breakfast is held followed by the parade, celebrity autograph signings, listen to blues and rock bands, and check out the Strawberry Idol Karaoke Contest in the evening.

A Sweet Escape

The Berry, Berry Beautiful Baby Contest is held on Sunday, followed by more live bands, dance groups and a performance by Miss Garden Grove and Friends. The Redhead Roundup Contest kicks off on Monday, followed by musical groups and The Colony of the Performing Arts.

Don’t miss out on the sweetest event in southern California. Come hungry, armed with your camera, and ready to have a blast!

Register for the Disney Half Marathon

May 9th, 2016

True, the Disney Half Marathon isn’t until September, but for frequent travelers to Anaheim, the time to register is now! This fun-filled run always sells out, so it’s time to register online right now. For many runners, it’s on their bucket list and for others it’s an annual event they would never miss. It’s not just a half marathon. There’s also a 10k, Dumbo Double Dare, 5k, kids races, and more. The festivities never end, and you don’t need to be a “runner” to have a blast!

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Of course, the parties and routes are filled with your favorite characters and tons of Disney fun. This year, Mickey and Pluto are hosting the Happiest Race on Earth which winds along a magical course. You’ll see them cheering you on as you tackle the Disney California Adventure Park, conquer Main Street, U.S.A., and then make your way onto the streets of Anaheim.

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Every year, there are different surprises and treats as you close in on the finish line. The run ends at the Disneyland Hotel, and you’re guaranteed miles of smiles and some incredible memories. This is a chip timed race with a family reunion area, featuring live entertainment, at the finish.

Event transportation is included when staying at Anaheim hotels, and you’ll get a finisher medal, event guide and Champion tech shirt. An igiftbag will also be waiting for you, as will post-race refreshments.

 

Top Anaheim Picks for April

April 1st, 2016

Anaheim is spilling over with events, like the Velvet Lounge: Dinner and Drag hosted by female impersonator Shannel. Previously featured on RuPaul’s “Drag Race,” this is the ultimate outing for anyone looking for wining, dining, and an entertainment show like no other. Shannel is hosting throughout 2016, and it’s an event you can’t miss.

Family Relaxing At Outdoor Summer Event

The Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers Market and Craft Fair is open in April, offering a chance to indulge in some seriously fresh produce and patisserie items—as well as pick up a locally made craft or two. A family-friendly outing, it’s a must while in Anaheim.

Out and About

The famous Sunday Brunch at Tustin Ranch is the only destination for a lazy Sunday indulgence. The buffet comes with complimentary mimosas for adults and a chocolate bar for the little ones. The menu changes slightly as seasonal ingredients shift, so you’re always in for the freshest fare.

For hockey fans, watch the Anaheim Ducks take on the Vancouver Canucks April 2 at this epic home game. They battle the Dallas Stars April 3 and the Winnipeg Jets April 5. Plan accordingly, including choosing the right hotel, and your Anaheim trip is sure to be a blast!